Nuno Espirito Santo declares Harry Kane’s transfer saga ‘FINISHED’ after the Spurs captain confirmed he is staying despite angling for £150m Man City move… and now he expects his star man to be motivated for the season ahead
- Harry Kane’s £150m move to Manchester City has become the saga of summer
- But the Tottenham skipper has confirmed he’s staying at the club this season
- City’s formal £100m offer in June included £75m up front and was rejected
- Nuno Espirito Santo now expects Kane to be motivated for the season ahead
Nuno Espirito Santo has hailed Harry Kane’s decision to stay at Tottenham for the immediate future, declared the saga “finished” and expects to see him motivated for the season ahead.
‘Great news,’ said Spurs boss Nuno, after Kane’s statement on social media. ‘Fantastic news for everybody. It is finished, Harry is going to be with us. It is good that this issue is over and we can proceed as normal.
‘We are all very happy. One of the best players in the world. We are all delighted to have one more option for the season ahead of us. I spoke to him just like I speak to all the players and said, ‘let’s get ready to help the team’.’
Nuno Espirito Santo (right) has hailed Harry Kane’s (left) decision to stay at Tottenham for now
Kane admitted defeat on his rumoured £150m move to Manchester City and will stay at Spurs
Kane trained with the team ahead of the second leg of the Europa Conference League play-off against Pacos de Ferreira on Thursday. Spurs trail 1-0 after the first leg.
‘He worked today and he is an option for tomorrow, let’s see,’ said Nuno. ‘Since Harry joined us, he has been working, so this is what we value. His attitude in training sessions has been great.
‘It is up to us and everybody, the player himself, to get his motivation. There should not be any kind of doubts in terms of motivation to play for Spurs, an amazing club, good team.
‘We are in a process and we need everybody involved.’
Espirito Santo declared the transfer saga ‘finished’ and expects his striker to be motivated
England captain Kane has made little secret of his desire to leave Tottenham in pursuit of his professional ambitions to win trophies and play in the Champions League.
At 28, he has been eying a move to Manchester City but he has three years left on his contract and the Premier League champions have failed to come close to the £160million asking price.
Kane has resigned himself to staying at Spurs for the time being although, in his statement, he referred only to the summer and did not commit for the entire season.
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‘I am not worried at all,’ said Nuno. ‘It’s day by day. He’s an option for tomorrow and this is the only thing and this is my only thought, to try and make the best decisions to help the team tomorrow and Harry is one of the options.’
Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini said the confirmation of Kane’s decision to stay had been well received in the dressing room.
‘We are all very happy,’ said Gollini. ‘You know how good Harry is as a player and how important he is for this club and this team. For me, he is definitely one of the best strikers in the world so it is very big and important news for us and for Tottenham fans.’
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